The largest city in north Australia, Townsville offers all the modern conveniences of a big city without the hassles
The Capital of the North
Townsville is a major regional city which provides all the modern conveniences of a big city without the commute time.
Known as the second capital of Queensland, Townsville offers a laid-back tropical lifestyle where you’ll have access to boutique shopping, spectacular events and entertainment, urban street art and a wide-range of dining precincts – from alfresco dining, to coffee on The Strand, to a thriving night life in the many laneway bars and eateries.
Nature lovers will be at home in Townsville, which has an average of 300 days of sunshine each year to explore the local natural wonders like tropical islands, wetlands the Museum of Underwater Art, wet tropics rainforests and beachfronts, all at your doorstep. Townsville is just a short ferry ride from the picturesque Magnetic Island and it’s many beaches and forts walk through the national park.
You can also spend your weekends front row at a Cowboys or Fire home game or be trackside at the Townsville Supercars event.
No matter what your ideal lifestyle looks like, Townsville offers a diverse range of historical, military, outback, island, active and tranquil experiences to suit anyone.
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Education & Training
- 144 registered early childhood education and care services including 86 long day care centres
- 61 schools including primary, secondary, independent, catholic and public schools
- James Cook University (JCU) is a public university based in Townsville. Established in 1970, the main campus is located in the suburb of Douglas. JCU was the second university in Queensland and the first in North Queensland. The University has a strong and internationally recognised expertise in marine & tropical biology. The JCU Medical School was established in 1999 and is linked with the adjacent tertiary-level Townsville Hospital. The Veterinary Sciences undergraduate facility is the newest in Australia.
- CQUniversity first established a presence in Townsville in 2014 with the opening of a Distance Education Study Centre in the CBD. The University quickly felt the demand for a face-to-face teaching presence in Townsville and has since opened a purpose-built campus in the city offering many on-campus courses including nursing, paramedic science, business and psychology as well as supporting growing numbers of online students.
The city is home to the Pimlico and Aitkenvale campuses of TAFE Queensland North — a Technical and Further Education College, a campus of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, and Tec-NQ.
- 38 aged care services with 1,325 operational places
- 9 hospitals offering both private and public services
Townsville Hospital (THHS) also encompasses regional hospitals in Ayer, Charters Towers and Ingham – all of which have 24-hour emergency care, a range of patient services and links to the Townsville specialist network of physicians and treatment.
Townsville Hospital & Health Service (THHS)
THHS is the largest tertiary hospital in northern Australia and is the largest emergency department in Queensland, coordinating emergency recovery services across all of North Queensland.
Major specialist areas include:
Mater Health Service North Queensland
The Mater is the largest private hospital network in Northern Australia with numerous specialist and general facilities in Townsville offered between two centrally located campuses.
Major specialist areas include:
Registered businesses 3,527
Median total family income in Townsville is $108,264pa
Public Water Fun Park located at the southern end of the popular beachfront area of The Strand
Beachfront esplanade with restaurants, sprawling grass, sport and playgrounds, water parks and pools
Reef HQ is the largest living coral reef aquarium in the world
The Museum of Tropical Queensland researches and interprets the cultural and natural heritage of tropical Queensland
Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill offers vehicle access as well as a number of popular walking tracks
Meet your favourite Australian Animals in a tropical bushland setting on the shores of the billabong
An island paradise of endless sunshine, koalas, hiking trails, topless cars, snorkelling adventures, and pristine natural landscape
An outdoor playground offering recreational activities like drift trikes, luging, downhill mountain biking, rock climbing, road cycling and hiking - all with spectacular views out across Townsville
A series of globally-significant underwater artworks built to allow for coral planting and to support reef restoration
Outdoor parks, playgrounds and walkways offering a collection of sculptures and stories that provide historical insight into the days of the war and Townsville's development
As North Queensland’s regional hub, Townsville Airport connects Townsville and capital cities with regular direct flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Darwin, as well as regional centres and remote locations. Serviced by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, airnorth, rex and Bonza, the airport is located 5km west of the city centre.
Connection through Cairns International Airport provides direct flights to Indonesia, Singapore, Bali and Japan.
Townsville Airport is also home to the QAL-owned Northern Australian Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NAACEX), a purpose-built hangar precinct for aviation-related businesses.
From Townsville passengers can enjoy services from Queensland Rail's Spirit of Queensland which is a Brisbane – Cairns service running 5 return trips per week from Townsville Railway Station on Flinders St in the City.
Queensland Rail also also service the Inlander Route from Townsville to Mt Isa with twice weekly return services from Charter Towers Railway Station.
Townsville is accessible via the main roads Flinders Highway, Hervey Range Road, Gregory Development Road and the Bruce Highway.
- Townsville to Charters Towers: 136km west via Flinders Highway
- Townsville to Mt Isa: 904km west via Flinders Highway
- Townsville to Ingham: 112km north via Bruce Highway
- Townsville to Greenvale: 252km west via Hervey Range Road and Gregory Development Road
- Townsville to Ayr: 88km south via Bruce Highway
- Townsville to Airlie Beach: 274km south via Bruce Highway
- Townsville to Cairns: 347km north via Bruce Highway
- Townsville to Brisbane: 1,352km south via Bruce Highway
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